EuroMaidan, many believe,
might reflect a more profound social shift in Ukraine. It’s a grassroots
movement where politicians are having to play on equal footing with civil
society and even students, whose organization is just as strong as older peers
or even stronger. And it hopes to bring about new rules for the game that
younger Ukrainians stand for – if it succeeds.
Some academics say that they
are seeing a new citizen emerging. They are often in their 20s, highly
educated, harbor middle-class values, and have more in common with their
counterparts in Paris than with the older generation at home.
If the so-called Orange
Revolution of 2004 was about one person – Viktor Yushchenko who initially lost
a rigged presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych before winning a repeat
vote – and the hope that he would change the nation’s corrupt system, this
year’s protests are about values, said Balazs Jarabik, project director of PACT, a civil society